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Batman Begins 400 - Michigan International Speedway

Biffle Drives to Win Number Five in 2005
Greg Biffle is hot. In fact, he is on fire. Biffle won his circuit-leading fifth race of the season on Sunday afternoon. Biffle took the checkered flag in the Batman Begins 400 at Michigan International Speedway, scoring his eighth career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 93rd career start, scoring the eighth victory for Ford in 2005. Biffle, who won here last August, scored his second straight win at Michigan International Speedway. Biffle held off hard-charging Tony Stewart, who led the most laps during the event but elected to pit for four new tires when a caution flag slowed the field near the end. Biffle chose not to pit and drove away from the field on older tires down the stretch. Stewart grabbed the five bonus points for leading the most laps by leading the race four times for at total of 97 laps, while Biffle led five times for 63 laps, including the final 31. Biffle won by a margin of 1.675 seconds over Stewart, handing car owner Jack Roush his eighth victory at Michigan International Speedway. This was Roush’s 82nd victory as a car owner and eighth in 15 races this season. In fact, four Roush Racing drivers finished in the top five at Michigan: Greg Biffle (first), Mark Martin (third), Matt Kenseth (fourth) and Carl Edwards (fifth). With the win, Biffle gained 74 points on leader Jimmie Johnson in the NEXTEL CUP point standings, moving to 49 points out of first place. Today's win marked the 100th all-time NEXTEL Cup Series win for the Ford Taurus (92 points races and 8 non-points events). With his runner-up finish, Stewart posted his eighth top-10 finish in his 13 races at Michigan, marking his seventh top-10 finish in 2005, giving him a boost from 10th to sixth in the point standings. This marks the third time this season that Stewart has led the most laps in a race and did not win; he also led the most laps at Daytona and Martinsville. Rusty Wallace extended a 28-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol last August.

Batman Begins 400 Notes
· Race Results
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Final Practice
· Practice 1
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Mike Skinner Notes
· Bill Elliott Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Mike Bliss Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Rusty Wallace Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes

Newman Rockets to Fifth Pole
Ryan Newman won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Batman Begins 400, lapping Michigan International Speedway in 37.069 seconds, at an average speed of 194.232 mph, breaking Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s track-qualifying record of 37.667 seconds, at an avrage speed of 191.149 mph, set Aug. 18, 2000. This is the Rocketman’s fifth pole this season and his 32nd career Bud Pole in 131 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races, coming in his eighth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Michigan, his first pole position at MIS. Newman now holds the track record for Bristol, Charlotte, Martinsville, Michigan, New Hampshire and Phoenix. The top-26 qualifiers bettered Earnhardt’s 2000 time. Casey Mears posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 37.160 seconds, at 193.757 mph – and will join Newman for an all-Dodge front row for the Batman Begins 400. Tony Stewart will start third, his fifth top-10 start in 13 races at Michigan and his ninth top-10 start this season, including four of the past five races. Teammates Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield will round out the top five starting positions on the grid. Forty-two of 71 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Michigan have been won from the first four starting positions (59 percent). Only 12 races at Michigan have been won from outside a top-10 starting position - all have occurred in the past 27 races there.

 

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